Easy Come, Easy Go: How Pine Cliff Energy (TSE:PNE) Shareholders Got Unlucky And Saw 90% Of Their Cash Evaporate

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Some stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSE:PNE) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 90%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 62% over the last twelve months. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 31% in the last three months.

While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.

View our latest analysis for Pine Cliff Energy

Pine Cliff Energy isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

Over five years, Pine Cliff Energy grew its revenue at 14% per year. That’s a fairly respectable growth rate. So it is unexpected to see the stock down 37% per year in the last five years. The truth is that the growth might be below expectations, and investors are probably worried about the continual losses.

TSX:PNE Income Statement, July 18th 2019
TSX:PNE Income Statement, July 18th 2019

It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

Pine Cliff Energy shareholders are down 62% for the year, but the market itself is up 0.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 37% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Pine Cliff Energy by clicking this link.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.

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